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Restoration work to start on downtown Flint theater

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

A theater in downtown Flint may reopen next year with live performances.
   The Flint Journal reports that restoration on the Capitol Theatre could start in two months after the city council approved the transfer of a tax freeze on the 90-year-old building.
   The newspaper says the theater once hosted performances by AC/DC, Ray Charles and John Mellencamp.
   Uptown Reinvestment Corp. is partnering with The Whiting and the Flint Cultural Center Corp. on the project which is expected to cost $21 million.
   Uptown Reinvestment will handle redevelopment and restoration, while The Whiting will manage operations, programming and marketing.
   Whiting Executive Director Jarret Haynes says restoration will take a year to 14 months. Shows will be booked as early as summer 2017.
   He says the theater will seat about 1,600 people.

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